Rockstar’s final edition of the GTA trilogy got off to a, um, not so great start last week, and now Rockstar is responding by giving everyone the original trilogy back on PC. You know, the one with surprisingly fewer mistakes.
In one Blog post today, Rockstar apologized for the numerous technical issues plaguing the remakes, admitting that they had failed to meet standards and that the studio planned to “address the technical issues and improve every game in the future,” starting with an update in the coming days.
In the meantime, however, Rockstar went further, confirming that perhaps it shouldn’t have been removing the original, non-definitive trilogy from the storefront last month before the final edition was released, and therefore is making the return of the original Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in a bundle in the Rockstar Store. They’re also giving out the bundle for free to anyone who purchases the Definitive Edition trilogy through June 30, 2022 through the Rockstar Store. Unfortunately, there’s nothing here on whether the original trilogy will return to the other storefronts it was pulled from, including consoles and Steam.
Bugs and technical issues are an integral part of the problem with the definitive editions, but in our review we highlighted a number of other ways in which the return of the GTA trilogy was surprisingly disrespectful to the original creations. Meanwhile, fans think more mysteriously that they may have found a teaser for GTA 6 hidden in a photo in the Definitive Edition.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.